• This lengthy article from Professor Jeffrey M. Lipshaw of the Suffolk University Law School presents some very fresh thinking about the uses and limitations of AI in law (i.e., “Deciding and Acting Under Uncertainty”). Specifically, the author discusses the inability of AI to make decisions when complete data is not available versus humans’ ability to ‘just decide.’

The background information provided in this article will be particularly interesting to any student of AI (e.g., “Turing’s position was not that machines could learn to think perfectly or even like humans, but that the positives of machines would outweigh the limitations.”).

Lipshaw concludes with suggestions as to how law schools should adapt to the new world of lawyers + AI: “But if we are going to be futurists about artificial intelligence and the legal profession, it should be with clear and unfrenzied heads about the theoretical constraints on what digital (at least) lawyer-automatons like my Kearse (his hypothetical ultimate Turing machine) will be able to do.”

 

  • This article from TR Legal Solutions suggests that, at least for the foreseeable future, “(AI) will not make attorneys extinct, but merely provide more technology to help solve problems.” “It is more likely that intelligent computers and humans will adapt to work together.”

 

  • Sterling Miller presents pretty much the same case in this piece where he argues that foreseeable future, AI will not be able to replace the essential judgement and relationship skills of human lawyers. He expects AI to make the attorney’s job easier and more interesting, and for the in-house legal department, “better, faster, and cheaper.”

 

  • Axiom has launched AxiomAI, “a program that aims to leverage AI to improve the efficiency and quality of Axiom’s contract work.” The intent is to have the AI tools (e.g., Kira) working behind the scenes in services that Axiom has been providing for some time (“all things contracting”). They plan to expand the application of AI beyond M&A contracts. More from Ron Friedman.

 

  • Baker McKenzie is launching AI tools for contract review on M&A and other transactional work worldwide. eBrevia has been selected as its AI tool of choice.

 

  • This article argues that the amount of data now involved in compliance and internal audits is so great that use of AI is essential. (Subscription required for entire article.)

 

  • The 13th annual ranking of governments’ use of technology has been released. Five new trends have emerged; “(1) Mobile Government, (2) AI and IoT for Digital Government, (3) Smart City, (4) Cloud Computing Technology and Digital Government, (5) ICT (information and communication technologies) for Anti-Corruption.”